Liverpool Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Would Fit the Reds Tactically

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 20, 2012

Liverpool Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Would Fit the Reds Tactically

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    With January looming, clamours will continue to grow for Liverpool to make some timely additions to their young squad.

    Here you will find five players who have not necessarily been linked to the Reds, but would fit into Brendan Rodgers' tactical system and be happy to make the move to Anfield.

    Each of the players mentioned are strikers or wide forwards. That's not to say Raheem Sterling and Suso haven't done a fine job, but it's painfully clear Liverpool are thin in these areas.

Iago Aspas, Deep-Lying Forward, Celta Vigo

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    Iago Aspas is one of the most dynamic threats in La Liga, mixing creativity with goals for Celta Vigo.

    Credit must go to B/R's Michael Cerna for alerting our community to his talents, and here's B/R commenter Alex TK with an apt description of the man.

    "He is a game-changer who manages play from midfield and is not even really a true striker. He does his best work from a deeper role.

    "He certainly is the shining light for Celta, I think he'd be very useful for any team."

    Should Luis Suarez go down, Liverpool would be in trouble. Aspas would be an excellent backup for the Uruguayan who fits into Rodgers' footballing template perfectly.

    The opportunity is there for the manager to use Aspas in a false-nine-esque role if need be, or Suarez could filter wide and support Aspas from the flank.

Dries Mertens, Inverted Winger, PSV Eindhoven

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    He's more than just the guy who broke Gary Cahill's jaw you know, he's a bonafide superstar just waiting to explode.

    Dries Mertens, coming off the back of an incredible 2011-12 season, was expected to be the interest of several bids. All the attention, however, has fallen on Kevin Strootman.

    This Belgian winger, who represents an Ashley Young-esque player but with genuine cutting edge, is currently providing Christian Benteke with easy scoring opportunities for his national side.

    He fits the bill in Brendan Rodgers' blueprint too, as he can pass, make good decisions and score his fair share of goals.

    Dries Mertens is what Fabio Borini should turn out to be in two years time.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Saint Etienne, Forward

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from Saint Etienne this January, but he's unlikely to want to go to the touted destination of Aston Villa (via

    The Gabon international featured in Allan Jiang's Team of the Tournament for African Cup of Nations this year and continues to give AC Milan reason to believe it was a mistake to let him go.

    Aubameyang has bagged eight goals and four assists so far this season in a solid effort under Christophe Galtier, and would slot in seamlessly under Brendan Rodgers.

    Perhaps the sole beneficial factor of being bounced around on loan to Dijon, Lille and Monaco early in his career is that he's become a well-rounded and versatile player.

    He's can play centrally as a striker or as a wide forward. He can pass the ball, he moves well and works hard. Perfect, right?

Yehven Konoplyanka, Inverted Winger, Dnipro

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    Yehven Konoplyanka is one of the most direct, ferocious attacking threats in Eastern Europe.

    He absolutely tore Glen Johnson apart during Ukraine's bout with England in Euro 2012 and remains one of the shining lights in a Dnipro side second only to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Premier Liga.

    Operating primarily, but not solely, from the left-wing, Konoplyanka has contributed five goals and four assists so far this season and struck up a dangerous partnership with Nikola Kalinic and Giuliano.

    The only possible downside to this transfer is shirt printing costs for fans.

Fernando Llorente, Striker, Athletic Bilbao

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    Fernando Llorente has made his intentions clearhe wants to leave Athletic Bilbao (via

    There will be a host of clubs vying for his signature this January as he is free to talk to suitable parties regarding a Bosman free transfer this summer.

    This is a big reach for Liverpool, but if there's one player worth breaking the bank for, this is it. El Rey Leon would fit the Reds' tactical system perfectly after an extremely prolific season under Marcelo Bielsa.

    The Argentinian coach taught the target man to knock or chest the ball down rather than flick it on to maintain possession, and the Euro 2012 winner is also adept in a 3-4-3 formation.

    He'd offer a completely different option up front, but would still work superbly with two wide forwards either side of him.